From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 69 - September 5, 1871.


From Mme Martin to her brother

September 5, 1871

It’s been such a long time since you’ve written. I’m worried about you, especially about your wife. How is she? And the children? And you, are you still working as much? Is your business going well? Mine wouldn’t go too badly if I dared to throw myself into it, but I’m always afraid. However, I did sell three thousand francs worth of Alençon lace last month.

My children are wondering a great deal if I’m going to be a godmother soon and if it will be during the holidays, so I can bring them to the baptism?

Yesterday we went for a carriage ride six leagues (23 kilometers) from Alençon. We didn’t have much luck because it rained almost the entire afternoon. It really hurt Marie that we spent our money and didn’t have a good time!

I’m already accustomed to the house on the rue Saint-Blaise. If you knew how much I long for you to come and see us here! So when will you bring the three little girls? You mustn’t let my prediction frighten you because I’ve noticed that things always turn out the opposite from what I think will happen. So I don’t trust myself and my ideas, above all when they’re about important things.

What’s taking place at the moment is that I’m having a discussion with Louis regarding a business matter that I’d like to share with you. You know that he sold his Crédit Foncier stock because I pleaded with him. Now it happens that we were too impatient. The stock rebounded quite a bit. If we’d waited until now, we would have lost twelve hundred francs less. Well, it’s done. But what bothers my husband the most is to have our money doing nothing.

This morning, while reading the newspaper from the Stock Exchange, I saw Pontifical bonds. Right away I thought that these should be excellent later on because I firmly believe in the imminent victory and restoration of the Holy Father to his States. If this happens, it seems to me that this would be a very good investment. So tell me, please, what you think about it. Louis is undecided on the matter. I press him continually. I know I could make him decide, but I wouldn’t want him to have only my advice. He doesn’t know that I’m consulting you on this. However, he has great trust in you and will do what you recommend.

Note: Vatican Council I had been interrupted by the occupation of Rome by the Italians. Pope Pius IX had excommunicated King Victor-Emmanuel II on November 2, 1870. On March 27, 1861, the Italian Parliament declared Rome the capital of the Kingdom of Rome, in the final step in the unification of Italy. However, the Italian government could not be established in Rome because the French, under Napoleon III, had posted their troops there to protect Pope Pius IX, who was determined to retain his temporal powers. In August 1870, due to the heavy losses France sustained in the Franco-Prussian War, it withdrew its army from Rome, leaving the pope vulnerable. The pope refused the peaceful take-over of Rome offered to him by King Victor Emmanuel II. Consequently, on September 20, 1871, the Italian army entered Rome and began its occupation, which lasted until the signing of the Concordat of 1929. In this agreement, the Church relinquished its claims over most of the city of Rome in return for Italy’s recognition of the independent sovereignty of the Vatican State.


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